The Fragmenting Family

Paperback | September 1, 2008

byBrenda Almond

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Brenda Almond throws down a timely challenge to liberal consensus about personal relationships. She maintains that the traditional family is fragmenting in Western societies, and that this fragmentation is a cause of serious social problems. She urges that we reconsider our attitudes to sexand reproduction in order to strengthen our most important social institution, the family, which is the key to ensuring healthy relationships between parents and children and a secure upbringing for the citizens of the future. Anyone who is concerned about how the framework of society is changing, anyone who has to face difficult personal decisions about parenthood or family relationships, will find this book compelling. It may disturb deep convictions, or offer an unwelcome message; but it is compassionate as well ascontroversial.

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Brenda Almond throws down a timely challenge to liberal consensus about personal relationships. She maintains that the traditional family is fragmenting in Western societies, and that this fragmentation is a cause of serious social problems. She urges that we reconsider our attitudes to sexand reproduction in order to strengthen our mo...

Brenda Almond is Emeritus Professor of Moral and Social Philosophy of the University of Hull and Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy. She has served on the Human Genetics Commission and with the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority in the United Kingdom and her books include iThe Philosophical Quest/i (Penguin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPART I. UNDERSTANDING FAMILY: PHILOSOPHY'S CONTRIBUTION1. The family2. Permanent relations? Love, marriage and philosophical lives3. From philosophy to law4. Feminist aims, family consequencesPART II. SHAPING FAMILIES: SCIENCE'S CONTRIBUTION5. Having and not having children6. New reproductive technologies: Whose human rights?PART III. NEW FRONTIERS: FAMILY, LAW AND POLITICS7. Family choices: what do children really want?8. Law, policy-making and the contemporary familyPART IV. PRESERVING IDENTITIES: A FUTURE FOR THE FAMILY?9. Family, identity, and community10. Finding a way through the wood